The Regrets of Progress

Not Kentucky, but this blog post from Marrow echoes what I see happening here much too often.


The man stood on the front porch with a gun in his hand.  Slowly, he lifted his arm and aimed, pulled the trigger and fired a bullet into his own chest.  He fell to the old wooden porch floor and died.  He was forty-six years old and his death marked the tragic end of an amazing story.

The story began 166 years earlier. General Francis Marion, known as “The Swamp Fox” due to his legendary feats during the Revolutionary War, purchase some acreage along the swampy Santee River in 1773.  There he built a simple house and would disappear to it at times during the war.  In fact, it is suspected that he recuperated from a broken ankle he sustained when jumping from a second story window in Charleston, just prior to the city falling to the British.

The one story house was a modest affair, unlike some of the…

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